NBA Semifinals Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 4. Boston Celtics

Players to Watch: F Giannis Antetokounmpo and F Jayson Tatum

Who Wins: Bucks in 6 games

2. Toronto Raptors vs. 3. Philadelphia 76ers

Players to Watch: F Kawhi Leonard and G Ben Simmons

Who Wins: Raptors in 7 games

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors vs. 4. Houston Rockets

Players to Watch: F Kevin Durant and G James Harden

Who Wins: Warriors in 6 games

2. Denver Nuggets vs. 3. Portland Trail Blazers

Players to Watch: G Jamal Murray and G Damian Lillard

Who Wins: Trail Blazers in 7 games

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2019 NBA Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 8. Detroit Pistons

Players to Watch: G Eric Bledsoe and F Blake Griffin

Who Wins: Bucks in 5 games

2. Toronto Raptors vs. 7. Orlando Magic

Players to Watch: F Kawhi Leonard and C Nikola Vucevic

Who Wins: Raptors in 5 games

3. Philadelphia 76ers vs. 6. Brooklyn Nets

Players to Watch: C Joel Embiid and G D’Angelo Russell

Who Wins: 76ers in 6 games

4. Boston Celtics vs. 5. Indiana Pacers

Players to Watch: G Kyrie Irving and F Myles Turner

Who Wins: Celtics in 6 games

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. Los Angeles Clippers

Players to Watch: F Kevin Durant and F Danilo Gallinari

Who Wins: Warriors in 5 games

2. Denver Nuggets vs. 7. San Antonio Spurs

Players to Watch: C Nikola Jokic and F LaMarcus Aldridge

Who Wins: Nuggets in 6 games

3. Portland Trail Blazers vs. 6. Oklahoma City Thunder

Players to Watch: G Damian Lillard and F Paul George

Who Wins: Trail Blazers in 7 games

4. Houston Rockets vs. 5. Utah Jazz

Players to Watch: G Chris Paul and G Donovan Mitchell

Who Wins: Rockets in 6 games

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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* – indicates playoffs

MVP – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks

Rookie – Luka Doncic – Mavericks

Coach – Mike Budenholzer – Bucks

Defensive Player – Kawhi Leonard – Raptors

Most Improved – Kawhi Leonard – Raptors

Sixth Man – Kyle Kuzma – Lakers

Executive – Magic Johnson – Lakers Continue reading

Atlantic Division

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1. Boston Celtics

The favorites to win the East, they’ll have some competition in their own division.

2. Philadelphia 76ers

The ‘process’ is starting to become perennial contenders.

3. Toronto Raptors

A new coach is in place with a budding star in Kawhi Leonard.

4. New York Knicks

The best course is to keep Porzingis out for this year and become instant contenders next year.

5. Brooklyn Nets

Terrible trades in years past have kept them at the bottom of the talent pool. Continue reading

NBA Semifinals Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Toronto Raptors vs. 4. Cleveland Cavaliers

Players to Watch: G DeMar DeRozan and F LeBron James

Who Wins: Cavaliers in 6 games

2. Boston Celtics vs. 3. Philadelphia 76ers

Players to Watch: G Terry Rozier and C Joel Embiid

Who Wins: Celtics in 6 games

Western Conference

1. Houston Rockets vs. 5. Utah Jazz

Players to Watch: G James Harden and G Donovan Mitchell

Who Wins: Rockets in 6 games

2. Golden State Warriors vs. 6. New Orleans Pelicans

Players to Watch: G Klay Thompson and G Rajon Rondo

Who Wins: Warriors in 6 games